It’s all about staycations this summer in Ireland and, while few of us can choose our car based on how good it is on a road trip, there’s no harm in a little daydreaming. Here are our top five cars to take on a road trip.
5 – Porsche 718 Boxster
A roadster had to make the list, didn’t it? Obviously, it’s only of use if you’re road-tripping on your own or with one other person, as the Boxster is a strict two-seat car. Nonetheless, it’s not as impractical as it looks, as there is luggage space up front and behind the mid-mounted engine. It’s fantastic to drive in all guises, though we particularly love the six-cylinder GTS 4.0 model, its melodic exhaust note making the stereo all but irrelevant.
4 – Tesla Model X
If you need to carry a few more people, and you’d like to do it in electrically powered style, the Tesla Model X is worth a look. It seats up to seven and the dramatic Falcon Wing doors will grab attention everywhere you go. It has a long range between charges and, for the well-heeled, there are ‘destination’ Tesla chargers to be found at various high-end hotels around the country, too. Arguably the best bit, though, is the built-in games and features of the Tesla infotainment system that will keep passengers entertained on a long journey.
3 – Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet
We’re almost getting into money-no-object territory here, as the S-Class Cabriolet is an incredibly expensive car, whether you’re looking at a new one or a used example. All versions feature powerful petrol engines that endow the big four-seat cabriolet with effortless performance and the non-AMG cars are especially comfortable and civilised, too. Even with the top down they’re quiet in the cabin. Our top tip? Ditch the rear-seat passengers and use that space for a little more luggage instead.
2 – Peugeot Traveller
Ok, we snuck in a practical option here. The Peugeot Traveller lives up to its name, in short. It’s a large people carrier based on the same underpinnings as the Peugeot Expert van, which means it’s hugely spacious and practical inside, with full-sized seats for up to eight adults and a big boot. The upright driving position gives you a great view out and the diesel engine is really economical, so you’ll rarely have to stop for fuel. If there are less than eight people in the car, the other seats fold out of the way, making room for all the lifestyle paraphernalia you desire.
1 – Volkswagen California
There was only ever going to be one winner here, and it’s impossible to beat the Volkswagen California. While there are new larger and smaller California-badged campers from VW, the original is the best all-rounder, as it’s compact enough to cope with height restrictions and narrow roads, yet it can easily sleep four people when needs be. The built-in kitchenette and outdoor seating are reasons enough to make this a great road trip vehicle, but the California is also quite good to drive and decently economical.